UST Growling Tigers def. FEU Tamaraws 76-74
Renzo Subido, UST (18 points, 8 points in the fourth quarter)
For all of his struggles during the first three quarters, the kid has the absolute balls to come up biggest during the biggest moments of the game. His shot selection needs improvement, but you can never ever doubt the fight in Renzo Subido.
CJ Cansino, UST (7 points, 10 rebounds)
This is how you know whether or not a rookie is legit or not: if he’s able to do things outside of his comfort zone. FEU made it a point to shut him down offensively, putting the long Kenneth Tuffin on him immediately. But CJ didn’t falter. He never forced the issue, and instead focused on doing the little things which resulted in big returns. None of that was bigger than the offensive rebound he had versus Prince Orizu as the game was nearing its close.
Germy Mahinay, UST (8 rebounds, 1 block, +10)
He held his own against the monster of a man that was Prince Orizu, and still came out with a positive +/- stat in the process. He’s still chunky and needs to lose some fats, but Germy Mahinay can definitely bang with the best of them down low.
Prince Orizu, FEU (25 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks)
Orizu looked like Shaquille O’Neal in stretches, with no one in UST (even Steve Akomo!) capable of shutting him down. It was quite the experience, to see the once-jittery Orizu now capable of catching the ball off pick and rolls and finishing. But maybe, just maybe, that was part of the problem for the Tamaraws.
- As early as the first quarter, Prince Orizu was already dominating for FEU, with Enrique Caunan’s best not even being enough to at least slow Orizu down. But UST seemed content with this, and FEU bit on the bait. For most of the game, they relied a lot on the guard-Orizu pick and roll, and for the most part, it was working. Here’s the problem though: it destroyed the flow and rhythm the FEU’s dribble-drive has grown accustomed to. In fact, one of Coach Olsen’s main gripes coming into the FEU program was how much his players needed to dribble to create. Less dribbles, more efficiency. Sadly, his guards dribbled A TON, mostly because they were trying to force-feed Orizu the ball. It was a reasonable way to approach things, but it destroyed how the Tamaraws would normally approach the game.
- With CJ Cansino getting shut down and Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee continuing to struggle early on, it was a delight to watch Joshua Marcos explode during the second quarter run of the Growling Tigers. Mayhem isn’t just a trapping defense, it’s utter chaos that creates unpredictability. Marcos took advantage and had his brief shining moment before halftime.
- A big part of UST’s win: offensive rebounding (+3). This was especially evident in the end game, as the Growling Tigers grabbed a number of key offensive boards that gave them second servings at a basket. It was awesome to watch the effort of the Growling Tigers, while it was frustrating to see the Tamaraws fail to locate their man during box-outs.
Once again, UST with the offensive rebound. What awesome effort by these Growling Tigers. pic.twitter.com/vytnxKzbTM
— Karlo Lovenia (@karlolovenia) September 12, 2018
- This was a bad loss by FEU, but don’t count them out. Considering how it was only Orizu and Cani who produced for them on a semi-consistent basis, they were only a basket away from forcing overtime (or even getting the win!). If there’s something we’ve learned over the course of this week, it would be irresponsible to sleep on any team. We’re headed for a crazy season ahead. Buckle up.